This is a reminder of the 2nd Animal Ethics Essay Prize which will be awarded this year. Submissions are welcome on the topic of the suffering of animals in the wild and the ways they can be helped, as well as on other related issues that are directly relevant to this.
The deadline is on September 15th this year. The winning essay will be chosen after a blind review process and will be awarded $1,500. Below is the call for papers with all the information.
Animal Ethics invites submissions for the 2nd Animal Ethics Essay Prize. Eligible essays must be unpublished and examine the question of the suffering of animals in nature and ways to help them, or related issues. The winner will be awarded $1,500.
There is increasing awareness that wild animals encounter many sources of suffering and premature death. It has been argued that the lives of most animals in nature may have more suffering than positive wellbeing. Most animals reproduce by having a huge number of offspring, and on average only one per parent survives. The others die shortly after coming into existence. Their lives are so short that there is little wellbeing in them, but include the suffering of the animals’ deaths. This often occurs in painful ways, such as starvation, due to hostile weather conditions or by being killed by other animals. Nevertheless, intervention to aid animals is often possible, as shown by initiatives such as rescues, vaccination, and feeding programs. This prize aims at encouraging research in this topic, as well as in the best ways to increase concern about it.
Essays can have a wide range of approaches. Both strongly empirically-based and more speculative essays will be eligible for the prize. Topics include the following:
Contributions will be assessed with special consideration given to their expected impact, particularly on:
Contributions must be written in English. Non-native English speakers are welcome to send their submission, as the jury will pay no consideration to linguistic expression but only to the content of the essays. Submissions should be sent as email attachments to essay.prize ( a ) animal-ethics.org, with the subject “Submission: [Title of the Essay]”. The author’s contact details and the name of the essay should appear only in the body of the email. The essays must not include self-identifying information.
The deadline is September, 15, 2017. The winning essay will be chosen after a blind review process and announced during the last quarter of 2017. If none of the submitted essays meets an acceptable standard of quality, the prize will not be awarded.
The winning essay may be published by Animal Ethics, although the author will keep the right to publish it elsewhere before or afterwards.
Animal Ethics is a nonprofit organization which aims at increasing concern for the moral consideration of all sentient beings both in academia and among the general public.